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>>> this morning on "early today," no knockout punch. mitt romney appears to clinch a narrow super tuesday win but fails to bring clarity to the primary race. >>> cosmic curse? asstr astronomers have a clue. >>> serious competition. the world's fastest man takes on the world's no eligible bachelor. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello. good morning. i'm lynn berry. >>> today, we begin with a split decision. yesterday on super tuesday, republican presidential candidate mitt romney pulled off a narrow victory in the key delegate rich state of ohio but he lost several other states to rival rick santorum. romney was the apparent winner of ohio with 38% p that is just 1% more than santorum. in virginia, it was a two-man race because santorum and newt gingrich didn't make it onto the ballot. romney is the projected winner there with 60%. with 72%, romney also won massachusetts, the state where he was governor. romney is the projected winner in vermont with 40%. in the idaho caucuses, romney won a decisive victory with 62%. he also picked up four delegates in wyoming wh
[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >>> this morning on "early today," no knockout punch. mitt romney appears to clench a narrow super tuesday win but fails to bring clarity to the primary race. >>> cosmic curse? astronomers claim to uncover a clue to the sinking of the titanic. >>> serious competition. the world's fastest man takes on the world's most eligible bachelor. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. >>> today, we begin with a split decision. yesterday on super tuesday, republican presidential candidate mitt romney pulled off a narrow victory in the key delegate rich state of ohio but he lost several other states to rival rick santorum. romney was the apparent winner of ohio with 38%. that is just 1% more than santorum. in virginia, it was a two-man race because santorum and newt gingrich didn't make it onto the ballot. romney is the projected winner there with 60%. with 72%, romney also won massachusetts, the state where he was governor. romney is the project
endorseme endorsement, mitt romney is back pedaling today. >> reporter: mitt romney's 12-point illinois win impressed big-name republicans. and won on the endorsement of jeb bush who said now is the time for republicans >> romney got undercut by one of his top aides. romney plans to erase his focus. like you shake an etch-a-sketch. >> he said you just take, turn it over, shake it and then you start all over. >> mocking romney as a fake conservative, which he rushed to deny. >> the issues i'm running on will be exactly the same. i'm running as a conservative republican. >> newt gingrich joined the attack. >> so here's governor romney's staff. they don't have the decency to wait until they get the nomination to explain to us how they'll sell us out. >> and santorum had the win-man to try to shoot romney down. >> city commissioners in stanford, florida, have voted no confidence in the police chief over his investigation in the controversial shooting death of a black teenager. three of five commissioners voted against the chief with one demanding he resign in the wake of a killing of an unarmed
. instead of celebrating a solid win in illinois and a hay jar new republican endorsement, mitt romney's camp is back pedaling. nbc has details. >> reporter: mitt romney's 12 point illinois win impressed big-named republicans, one in the endorsement of jeb bush who said now is the time for republicans to unite behind governor romney. rick santorum tried to spin. >> the establishment was comfortable with the status quo. go with mitt romney. >> i want to get america right again. >> reporter: romney got undercut by one of his top aides who said once nominated, he plans to erase his focus. rick santorum showed up with an etch-a-scotch. >> he said you just take, turn it over and shake it and then you start all over. >> mocking romney as a fake conservative which he rushed to deny. >> the issues will be exactly the same. i'm running against a conservative republican. >> so here's governor romney's staff. they don't even have the decency to wait until they get the nomination to explain to us how they'll sell us us. . >> reporter: santorum has a wing man. nbc narcs, washington. >> voted no con
in ohio where the race between santorum and romney has been incredibly close. tracie potts join us from columbus. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. columbus is key. this is where they will eventually certify tonight's primaries from the results of ohio. ohio is a very important state because no republican has ever been elected without winning this state. so today's primary is a key proving ground for november. ♪ >> reporter: both top candidates mitt romney and rick santorum, spent their last full day of campaigning in ohio. >> we have been all over the state from a to z, all right? akron to zanesville. >> i just don't think the republicans have a viable candidate. >> reporter: romney insists he is winning last-minute voters here. >> i keep hearing people tell me they were undecided and now they have decided to join with us. >> reporter: it's gut-check time! who wants it the most? what do you say? >> reporter: rick santorum has a two-point edge in ohio, a virtual tie. last night, he focuses on romney's flip-flop on contraception coverage. >> he will be the weakest candidate we could
on "early today," clear-cut victory. mitt romney moves closer with a resounding win in illinois. >>> an ounce of prevention. new research finds one of the oldest and cheapest things out there could cut cancer. >>> a painting long thought to be the work of an anonymous >>> a painting long thought to be the work of an anonymous artist is anything but. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, welcome to our viewers across the nation. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with a decisive win. mitt romney had a victory in the presidential primary in illinois last night with 47% of the vote, romney's double-digit vote further justified his claim to be the presumptive nominee landing romney the majority of that state's 69 delegates. tracie potts with details. >> reporter: narrow victories he eked out in michigan and ohio, the question seems to be can he do better than that in the midwest and last night, he did. >> we thanked the people of illinois for their vote and for this extraordinary victory. thank you so much. [ applause ] >> reporter: illinois, mitt romney's bi
. >> sta>> roger goodeltoday," sk? an important endorsement for mitt romney is overshadowed and rivalries seize on a major gaffe of one of his aids. >>> breaking ranks. an outspoken marine end up in hot water for criticizing the commander-in-chief. >>> pecking order. a reporter from anbc station is attacked while shooting a story. >>> this is "early today" for thursday, march 22nd, 2012. >>> hello, everybody. good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with damage control. instead of celebrating a solid win in illinois, mitt romney's camp is backpedaling this morning after a top aide admitted his conservative pitch would change once he's the nominee. steve handelsman has details. >> reporter: mitt romney's 12-point illinois win impressed big name republicans and won him the endorsement of jeb bush, popular former governor of florida who said now is the time for republicans to unite behind governor romney. rick santorum tried spin. >> all of the endorsers, the establishment, you know, who is comfortable with the status quo go with mitt romney. >> reporter: shifting to mary
tomorrow. >>> this morning on "early today," clear-cut victory. mitt romney moved closer to the presidential nomination with a win in illinois. >>> an ounce of prevention. new research finds one of the oldest and cheapest drugs out there could help fight cancer. >>> and stroke of luck. a painting is anything but. >> hello, and good morning to you. i am veronica de la cruz. today we begin with a decisive win. with 47% of the vote romney's double-digit victory over santorum further justified his claim to be the presumptive nominee. >> mitt romney shored up his frontrunner status in illinois. another win, this one by a large margin in another big midwestern battleground state. >> join us, join us, together we will insure that america's greatest days are still ahead. thank you, guys. >> romney showed his strength, winning men and women voters in illinois, and most said the economy was their number one concern. >> i don't care what the unemployment rate is going to be. >> rick santorum campaigned on freedom from big government. he missed the opportunity to show he could win in
in that state's primary today where a convincing victory for front-runner mitt romney could make it very difficult for his rivals to keep running. nbc's tracie potts joins us with more. >> especially rick santorum. he has an uphill battle today in the state of illinois. but mitt romney, even though he's leading the polls there, isn't taking the land of lincoln for granted. >> these pancakes are something else, i'll tell you. >> reporter: mitt romney in his third day campaigning in illinois, the land of reagan and obama. >> i'm looking for the nod here in illinois. >> reporter: romney's up by nine points in the latest poll. santorum is the underdog, ineligible for ten of today's 54 delegates because he filed paperwork too late. on monday, santorum tried to redefine the key issue in this race. >> i don't care what the unemployment rate is going to be. doesn't matter to me. my campaign doesn't hinge on unemployment rates. >> "do care about the unemployment rate. it does bother me. i want to get people back to work. >> reporter: then santorum clarified. >> of course i care about the unemploy
in with 35% of the vote. while newt gingrich and mitt romney each got 29%. in mississippi, santorum eeked out a closer victory with 33%. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on what this means for newt gingrich and mitt romney. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. despite what the polls were telling us 24 hours ago it should have been no surprise rick santorum won both states because they are packed with evangelical voters, and that's his crowd. >> we did it again. >> reporter: rick santorum won mississippi with a third of the vote and alabama with 35%. speaking from louisiana, where he promised another big win next week, santorum hinted newt gingrich should drop out of the race. >> the time is now for conservatives to pull together. the time is now to make sure, to make sure that we have the best chance to win this election. >> reporter: gingrich came in second in both states and gave no indication he's quitting. instead, he focused on mitt romney's failure to win the conservative southern vote. >> the elite media's effort to convince the nation that mitt romney is inevi
and mitt romney each got 29%. in mississippi, santorum eeked out a closer victory with 33%. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on what this means for newt gingrich and mitt romney. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. despite what the polls were telling us maybe this should have been no surprise rick santorum won both stays because they are packed with evangelical voters, and that's his crowd. >> we did it again. >> reporter: rick santorum won mississippi with a third of the vote and alabama with 35%. speaking from louisiana, where he promised another big win next week, santorum hinted newt gingrich should drop out of the race. >> the time is now for conservatives to pull together. the time is now to make sure, to make sure that we have the best chance to win this election. >> reporter: gingrich came in second in both states and gave no indication he's quitting. instead, he focused on mitt romney's failure to win the conservative southern vote. >> if you're the front-runner, if you're the front-runner and you keep coming in third, you're not much of a
% of the vote. while newt gingrich and mitt romney each got 29%. in mississippi, santorum eeked out a closer victory with 33%. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on what this means for newt gingrich and mitt romney. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. despite what the polls were telling us 24 hours ago it should have been no surprise rick santorum won both states because they are packed with evangelical voters, and that's his crowd. >> we did it again. >> reporter: rick santorum won mississippi with a third of the vote and alabama with 35%. speaking from louisiana, where he promised another big win next week, santorum hinted newt gingrich should drop out of the race. >> the time is now for conservatives to pull together. the time is now to make sure, to make sure that we have the best chance to win this election. >> reporter: gingrich came in second in both states and gave no indication he's quitting. instead, he focused on mitt romney's failure to win the conservative southern vote. >> the elite media's effort to convince the nation that mitt romney is inevitable jus
us. today," regaining mow meant item. mitt romney scores a resounding win in porcello's republican primary. >>> brink of disaster. newly released video captures the sheer terror of an ef-4 toernd. >>> and indian iron man. a former mr. universe celebrates a big milestone. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with an overwhelming win. mitt romney rakes in all of porcello's 20 delegates on sunday after walking away with more than 50% of the republican's primary vote and now the spotlight is on illinois. tracie potts joins us with more on this. good morning. >> good morning. illinois's primary is going to be a little different than what we've seen so far. it's not winner take all. it's not proportional. they have separate votes for the president and for the delegates. the popular vote does not determine who gets those delegates. illinois's the necked by prize. tomorrow's republican primary will decide most of the state's 69 delegates. >> if we're able to come out with a huge surprise win, guarantee you, i guarantee you
runner mitt romney will make it very difficult for his rivals to keep running. tracie potts joins us from washington with more on this. >> reporter: good morning. rick santorum is hoping to do well in illinois but it's going to be an uphill battle for him. mean time mitt romney even though he is the front-runner at this point is not taking the land of lincoln for granted. >> thespian cakes are something else. i'll tell you. >> reporter: mitt romney in his third day campaigning in illinois the land of reindian and obama. >> i'm looking for the nod here. >> reporter: romney is up by nine points. santorum is the underdog. he's ineligible because he filed paper work too late. >> i don't care what the unemployment rate will be. doesn't matter to me. my campaign doesn't hinge on unemployment rates. >> i do care about the unemployment rate. it bothers me. >> reporter: santorum clarified. >> of course i care about the unemployment rate. but i'm saying my candidacy doesn't hinge on whether the unemployment rate goes up or down. >> reporter: but it's the numbers that mitt romney hopes to solidify h
today," regaining mow meant item. mitt romney scores a resounding win in porcello's republican primary. >>> brink of disaster. newly released video captures the sheer terror of an ef-4 toernd. >>> and indian iron n. a former mr. universe celebrates a big milestone. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with an overwhelming win. mitt romney rakes in all of porcello's 20 delegates on sunday after walking away with more than 50% of the republican's primary vote and now the spotlight is on illinois. tracie potts joins us with more on this. good morning. >> good morning. illinois's primary is going to be a little different than what we've seen so far. it's not winner take all. it's not proportional. they have separate votes for the president and for the delegates. the popular vote does not determine who gets those delegates. illinois's the necked by prize. tomorrow's republican primary will decide most of the state's 69 delegates. >> if we're able to come out with a huge surprise win, guarantee you, i guarantee you t
romney will make it very difficult for his rivals to keep running. tracie potts joins us from washington with more on this. >> reporter: good morning. rick santorum is hoping to do well in illinois but it's going to be an uphill battle for him. mean time mitt romney even though he is the front-runner at this point is not taking the land of lincoln for granted. >> thespian cakes are something else. i'll tell you. >> reporter: mitt romney in his third day campaigning in illinois the land of reindian and obama. >> i'm looking for the nod here. >> reporter: romney is up by nine points. santorum is the underdog. he's ineligible because he filed paper work too late. >> i don't care what the unemployment rate will be. doesn't matter to me. my campaign doesn't hinge on unemployment rates. >> i do care about the unemployment rate. it bothers me. >> reporter: santorum clarified. >> of course i care about the unemployment rate. but i'm saying my candidacy doesn't hinge on whether the unemployment rate goes up or down. >> reporter: but it's the numbers that mitt romney hopes to solidify him for a wi
santorum and romney has been incredibly close. tracie potts join us from columbus. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. we're in columbus, where today they will eventually certify today's primary results. this is the place to be. it's the place to watch today because no republican has ever been elected president without winning this state. so today's primary is a key proving ground for november. both top candidates, mitt romney and rick santorum, spent their last full day of campaigning in ohio. >> we have been all over the state, from a to z, all right. >> reporter: despite nbc's latest poll showing an unenthusiastic republican electorate -- >> i just don't think the republicans have a viable candidate. >> reporter: romney insists he's winning last had-minu-minute vo. >> i keep hearing people say they were undecided, and how it they've decided to join us here. >> it's gut check time. who wants it the most? what do you say? >> reporter: rick santorum has a two-point edge in ohio, a virtual tie. last night he focused on romney's flip-flop on contraception coverage. >> h
. after mitt romney's super tuesday win, his rivals vow to fight as the nomination battle heads to the bible belt. >>> could diabetes and cholesterol lowering drugs soon be available over the counter? >>> and disruptive force. the largest solar storm in five years is sent hurling toward earth. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a campaign coen in drum. gop presidential candidates swing south today where newt gingrich locked in his only win on super tuesday in georgia. well, now some of rick santorum supporters want beginning hitch out to consolidate the conservative vote against moderate rival mitt romney. brian moore is in washington with more on this. good morning. >> good morning. he is vulnerable as the race heads to the south. newt gingrich and rick santorum are both going to try to utilize the southern strategy to try to take romney out. newt gingrich will be on home turf talking about gas prices, an issue he hopes will final
you tomorrow. >>> in illinois last night, 47% of the vote romney's double-digit vote further justified his claim to be the presumptive nominee landing romney the majority of that state's 69 delegates. steve hamilton has details. >> reporter: mitt romney shored up his front-runner status in illinois. another one this one by a large margin in a big midwestern battleground state. >> join us, join us. together, we're going to ensure that america's greatest days are still ahead. thank you, guys. thank you so much. >> reporter: romney showed his strength. winning men and women voters in illinois. moderates and tea party activists. most said the economy was their number one concern. >> i don't care what the unemployment rate is going to be. >> reporter: rick santorum campaigned on freedom from big government. he missed an opportunity to show he can win in the kind of state republicans need in the fall, but he stuck to his theme. >> economy. joblessness. national security concerns. the family. all boils down to one word, and that's what's at stake in this election and it's right behind me on t
-man race between him and mitt romney. georgia is the biggest prize next week. ohio, perhaps the most competitive. virginia important because only romney and ron paul will be on the ballot there. speaking of mitt romney, he made a gaffe yesterday talking about the blunt amendment. it would be voted on here in congress today. it says that employers who have religious objections don't have to pay for certain types of health care through their health insurance plans. asked if he supports an amendment that would allow those objections, romney said he opposes it. but later his campaign clarified that romney does support it, that he was confused because the question, they say, was asked in a misleading way. that amendment, by the way, that would allow those religious objections, to things like birth control, is not expected to pass here today. >> tracie potts in washington, thank you. >>> a dramatic development wednesday indicated relations between the united states and north korea could be headed in a new direction. under newly installed leader kim jong-un north korea has agreed to suspend
>>> this morning on "early today," regaining momentum. mitt romney scores a resounding win in puerto rico's republican primary. >>> brink of disaster. newly released surveillance video captures the sheer terror of an ef-4 tornado. >>> and india's iron man. a former mr. universe celebrates a big milestone. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with an overwhelming win. mitt romney raked in all of puerto rico's 20 delegates on sunday after walking away with more than 50% of the island's republican primary vote, and now the spotlight is on tomorrow's race in illinois. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on this. tracie, good morning. >> lynn, good morning. illinois will be a little different than we've seen because it's called a loophole primary. it essentially means that people going to the ballot box will get two votes, who they want to see for president on the republican side, and separately, which delegates the
>>> this morning on "early today," the race continues. after mitt romney's super tuesday win, his rivals vow to fight on as the nomination heads to the bible belt. >>> could diabetes and cholesterol lowering drugs soon be available over the counter? >>> the largest solar storm is sent hurling toward earth. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello. good morning. i'm lynn berry. >>>, gop presidential candidates swing south today where newt gingrich locked in his only super tuesday win in georgia. well, now some of rick santorum supporters want beginning hitch out to consolidate the conservative vote against moderate rival mitt romney. brian moore is in washington with more on this. >> reporter: no doubt about it, mitt romney has been stumbling with conservatives, trying to get on message, but he does have the numbers in terms of delegates on his side right now and clearly the front-runner but newt gingrich has the home turf advantage as the gop presidential race heads south and talking about an issue to kick-start his campaign, gas prices. he took a poke at president
romney are shifting their focus must farther looking looking to puerto rico this saturday. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this weekend we shift off the mainland to the island to focus on presidential politics. puerto rico cannot vote in the general election but they elect delegates to the convention and that is the focus right now. rick santorum has been campaigning there two days in a row. today will be his second day. and he talked about whether or not puerto rico should receive statehood. he said he will only push for that if it's something they want and if they make english the primary language there. he also emphasized he is not pressuring newt gingrich to push out of the race. as he put it, he did not ask newt gingrich to get in, he's not going to push for him to get out. puerto rico has 20 delegates this weekend. mitt romney, who is off today, will be in puerto rico tomorrow. he is focusing on illinois. that primary tuesday. they have 54 delegates. with santorum not on the ballot in most of the districts of illinois, romney and newt gingrich are really fighting
will be interesting because only mitt romney and ron paul are on the ballot. now, let's talk about rick santorum who almost, but did not, win michigan. he got quite a few delegates there. after that, now he is focused as well on ohio. santorum said wednesday that this race is now down to two people, himself and mitt romney. the other candidates following far behind. speaking of romney. he commented yesterday on something happening here on capitol hill today. an amendment that would allow employers with religious objections not to pay for certain types of health insurance like birth control, it's been a big issue here. is there a vote here on capitol hill on it today and it is aimed at the obama mandate that would require these religious affiliated employers to cover birth control. romney said on wednesday he opposed it. then said he actually misunderstood the question and that he supports this amendment allowing those religious objections. it's expected to fail today. lynn? >> tracie potts in washington, thank you. >>> a dramatic development wednesday indicated relations between the u.s. and north k
♪ >>> this morning on "early today," the race continues. after mitt romney's super tuesday win, his rivals vow to fight on as the nomination heads to the bible belt. >>> could diabetes and cholesterol lowering drugs soon be availle over the counter? >>> the largest solar storm is sent hurling toward earth. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello. good morning. i'm lynn berry. >>>, gop presidential candidates swing south today where newt gingrich locked in his only super tuesday win in georgia. well, now some of rick santorum supporters want beginning hitch out to consolidate the conservative vote against moderate rival mitt romney. brian moore is in washington with more on this. >> reporter: no doubt about it, mitt romney has been stumbling with conservatives, trying to get on message, but he does have the numbers in terms of delegates on his side right now and clearly the front-runner but newt gingrich has the home turf advantage as the gop presidential race heads south and talking about an issue to kick-start his campaign, gas prices. he took a poke at president ob
for mitt romney, the conservative base of the party has not been his strong suit. the polls seem to indicate that beginning rich is running strong in these states, although romney is within striking distance. this is sort of a must win for newt gingrich. he's from the state next door when it comes to alabama and mississippi. and his campaign needs to win the south to prove he can go on in this race. southern voters say the primaries today are literally about more than grits and gravy. you have heard a lot of that on the campaign trail. voters say they want to hear things about cheaper gas. both gingrich and santorum talked about that at an energy forum monday in mississippi. santorum has the conservative message that seems to appeal to a lot of these voters. almost three out of four in alabama and mississippi identified themselves as evangelical voters. that is the area where santorum has had his strongest appeal. gingrich needs to win, but romney is running strong because republicans want to win overall and the polls are showing he still seems to have the strongest chance of win
speaking. >> reporter: rick santorum showed up for blaming mitt romney for pioneering the mandate in massachusetts. >> the imposition of government rule over people's lives. >> reporter: obama's supporters rallied, saying his plan imposes fairness. >> we are rich and prosperous nation. it is only morally right that a minimum level of health care should be a right and not a function of income or which job you have. >> reporter: all eyes will be on justice anthony kennedy, he could be the swing vote. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. >>> as the parents of trayvon martin and supporters around the nation continue to call justice for the killing of the unarmed team, supporters of the man who shot him offer new details on how the incident allegedly unfolded. nbc's jay gray has more. >> reporter: a month after he was shot and killed, trayvon martin's parents address city commissioners. >> we're not asking for an eye for an eye. we're asking for justice. an arrest needs to be made of george michael zimmerman. >> reporter: the community watch volunteer has been in hiding but now
presidential candidates rick santorum and mitt romney are shifting their focus much farther south looking to puerto rico this saturday. tracey is here with more. >> reporter: good morning. even though puerto rico will not vote in the november election, they do have 20 delegates at stake this weekend during the primary. that's why we are seeing the focus on the island this weekend. rick santorum today will be there for his second straight day of campaigning. he's been speaking with religious leaders, veterans there, business leaders. they have been talking about this on the mainland, and he said he would push for statehood if the people there want it and if they make english the official language. mitt romney will be there tomorrow, although he's focused in illinois where he's launch a million dollars in new ads. that race is between him and gingrich, but santorum did make the ballot in most districts in illinois. newt gingrich has been there talking about mitt romney and all the money he's spending trying to get the nomination. gingrich said most of his money comes from wall street and bi
. republicans on the campaign trail saying that's not enough. mitt romney says that there has been no fundamental improvement and his big pitch on the campaign trail has been since he has been out there in the public sector, in the private sector i should say, running a business, that he is a better sense than president obama of how to continue to turn this economy around, but no question, we are continuing to see job growth each and every month. now, the president today will be in virginia. he's going to be at an aircraft manufacturing plant talking about manufacturing and how we can boost manufacturing jobs to continue good news in terms of jobs and employment. in the meantime, the candidates are also focusing on the southern primaries, alabama and mississippi. romney has had some challenges with those southern conservative voters but, right now, the very latest poll out of alabama shows him in the lead there and he just picked up the endorsement of mississippi's governor. >> tracie potts for us there in washington, thank you. >>> elsewhere, the senate has reject a republican att
. >>> congressman paul ryan of wisconsin who wrote the budget plan is expected to endorse mitt romney for president today. former president george h.w. bush gave romney his endorsement yesterday. >>> the lawyer for andrea yates, the texas mother who drowned her five children in june 2001 is asked she be allowed a weekly two-hour pass to go to church. in a 2006 retrial, yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a state mental hospital. but her attorney says she is ready to rejoin society and live on her own. >>> canada will stop making pennies this year to save money. the copper-coated coins actually cost 1.6 cents to produce. >>> and nasa scientists have announced the discovery of a massive supertornado on the surface of the sun, five times bigger than planet earth. the storm has winds of 186,000 miles per hour and temperatures of over 3 million degrees fahrenheit. >>> now here is afternoon early look at how wall street is going to kick off the day, the dow opens at 13,145 after adding 19 points yesterday. the s&p down 2 points, the nasdaq lost 9. overseas trading this morni
election matchup, president obama leads his closest competitor mitt romney by six points, 50% to 44%. in the latest nbc maris poll in ohio, the biggest surprise on tuesday, rick santorum leads mitt romney by only two points. just a reminder for you, nbc news will have special super tuesday coverage. that's beginning at 10:00 p.m. eastern, 8:00 p.m. in the west. that's right here on this nbc station. >>> president obama meets with israeli prmt benjamin netanyahu today. he says u.s. would not hesitate to attack iran to keep it from developing a nuclear bomb. the president spoke at apac, vowing to defend israel. nbc's brian mooar has the story. >> reporter: speaking to a powerful pro-israel group one day before a critical meeting with israel's prime minister, president obama sent a forceful message on iran. >> iran's leaders should understand that i do not have a policy of containment. i have a policy to prevent iran from making a nuclear bomb. from obtaining a nuclear winnipeg. >> reporter: president obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu are at odds on how to keep iran from deve
's base. mitt romney's leading the latest alabama poll and just gotten a endorsement from mississippi's governor. and that's why he decided to endorse governor romney. he thinks he's the one who can win. lynn. >> all right, tracie potts for us in washington. tracie, thanks so much. >>> elsewhere, the senate has rejected a republican attempt to the approval of a pipeline from canada to texas. the vote to must pass the vote to attach the project fell just short of the 60 votes needed to pass. president obama personally called and lobbied senators asking them to oppose it. earlier this year, the president put off the pipeline proposal which would ship oil from canada down to the gulf coast pending further environmental review. >>> recent controversial pardons given out by the former mississippi governor during his term has been upheld by the state's highest court. in january during his final days in office, governor haley barbour issued about 200 pardons. the mississippi supreme court was asked to void ten of those pardons on technical grounds, including four for inmates serving life sen
saying that's not enough. mitt romney says that there has been no fundamental improvement and his big pitch on the campaign trail has been since he has been out there in the public sector, in the private sector i should say, running a business, that he is a better sense than president obama of how to continue to turn this economy around, but no question, we are continuing to see job growth each and every month. now, the president today will be in virginia. he's going to be at an aircraft manufacturing plant talking about manufacturing and how we can boost manufacturing jobs to continue good news in terms of jobs and employment. in the meantime, the candidates are also focusing on the southern primaries, alabama and mississippi. romney has had some challenges with those southern conservative voters but, right now, the very latest poll out of alabama shows him in the lead there and he just picked up the endorsement of mississippi's governor. >> tracie potts for us there in washington, thank you. >>> elsewhere, the senate has reject a republican attempt to the approval of a pipeline from
is expected to endorse mitt romney for president today. former president george h.w. bush gave romney his endorsement yesterday. >>> the lawyer for andrea yates, the texas mother who drowned her five children in june 2001 is asked she be allowed a weekly two-hour pass to go to church. in a 2006 retrial, yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a state mental hospital. but her attorney says she is ready to rejoin society and live on her own. >>> canada will stop making pennies this year to save money. the copper-coated coins actually cost 1.6 cents to produce. >>> and nasa scientists have announced the discovery of a massive supertornado on the surface of the sun, five times bigger than planet earth. the storm has winds of 186,000 miles per hour and temperatures of over 3 million degrees fahrenheit. >>> now here is afternoon early look at how wall street is going to kick off the day, the dow opens at 13,145 after adding 19 points yesterday. the s&p down 2 points, the nasdaq lost 9. overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei fell 31 points while in hong kon
presidential front-runner is picking up some high-profile endorsements. mitt romney has won the support of florida senator mark rubio a tea party favorite. he says it's increasingly clear rom my will win the gop nomination and continuing the primary fight will only hurt the party's effort to defeat president obama. and former george h.w. bush is expected to give romney his endorsement. now here's a look at some other stories making news early "today" in america. a new york city police officer is under arrest after being seen on this video with another man punching someone at a nightclub. the victim was left in a coma and may have suffered brain-damage. in colorado one family video-taped their narrow escape from wildfires that has claimed two lives. listen as an older brother tries to keep his sister calm. >> we'll make it. you'll be fine. >> where's mom? what your stopping for? >> right here. >> oh, my gosh. >> it's okay. we're out. >> and finally, all right, right across the border in quebec call it extreme frisbee. a master of a flying disk was able to fling one from the rafters right
to endorse mitt romney for president today. former president george h.w. bush gave romney his endorsement yesterday. >>> the lawyer for andrea yates, the texas mother who drowned her five children in june 2001, has asked she be allowed a weekly two-hour pass to go to church. in a 2006 retrial, yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a state mental hospital. but her attorney says she is ready to rejoin society and live on her own. >>> canada will stop making pennies this year to save money. the copper-coated coins worth 1 cent actually cost 1.6 cents to produce. >>> and nasa scientists have announced the discovery of a massive supertornado on the surface of the sun, five times bigger than planet earth. the storm has winds of 186,000 miles per hour and temperatures of over 3 million degrees fahrenheit. >>> now here is an early look at how wall street is going to kick off the day. the dow opens at 13,145 after adding 19 points yesterday, the s&p down 2 points, the nasdaq lost 9. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei fell 31 points whil
elections in the u.s. >>> mitt romney had called the president's comments an alarming and troubling development. romney called the russians our number one enemy, a position he later clarified. >>> in new mexico, incredible video has just been made public after someone stole a school bus earlier this month. there were no kids on board, but plenty of danger as state police chased the driver for more than 150 miles. the police car camera shows the bus swerving back and forth as officers tried to ram the back end. they were finally able to do so bringing the chase to an end and arresting the driver. in detroit, frightening moments for a man who was stabbed while on his cell phone. surveillance video shows a woman slashing the man's neck and then continuing to follow the victim while he tried to get help. the man survived an 8 inch wound. >>> finally, forget about rough waters. a boat slammed right into a house in florida. a neighbor says it was being towed by a truck and broke loose and headed straight for the house. fortunately, the family living there wasn't home at the time. oh, my g
behind mitt romney with more endorsements. the latest is coming up. >> sarah caldwell checking on your morning commute. a few early-morning accidents including one o [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. i'm mindy basara. >> and i'm stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> a pretty mild morning. >> i think we can skip the umbrella of this morning. i think we'll get by with sunshine today. it is kind of windy. 60 degrees at the airport. that is a mild start. the temperatures are not going
, after one of mitt romney's compared his strategy to an etch-a-scotch, they nearly tripled. >> ohio and the underdogs prevail. plus, michigan state is the first number one to be planned out at the ncaa tournament. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. >> and the weekend forecast is all about going bye, bye. that's a look at your weekend forecast. that's a look at your weekend forecast. you're watching early today. buying this juicer online was unbelievable. what a bargain! [ female announcer ] sometimes a good deal turns out to be not such a good deal. but new bounty gives you value you can see. in this lab demo, one sheet of new bounty leaves this surface cleaner than two sheets of the leading ordinary brand. so you can clean this mess with half as many sheets. bounty has trap and lock technology to soak up big spills and lock them in. why use more when you can use less? new bounty. the clean picker upper. >> very good morning to you. if you're just waking up, this is early today. in sports, moving on to the elite eight as march madness marches on. here's a look a
to sign it. finally, after one of mitt romney's compared his strategy to an etch-a-scotch, they nearly tripled. >> ohio and the underdogs prevail. plus, michigan state is the first number one to be planned out at the ncaa tournament. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. >> and the weekend forecast is all about going bye, bye. that's a look at your weekend forecast. you're watching early today. >> very good morning to you. if you're just waking up, this is early today. in sports, moving on to the elite eight as march madness marches on. here's a look at all of your sports headlines. >> good morning, grab a pen and check your bracket. louisville gave number one mississippi state a pick. >> george felt like a man among boys. finishing with seven blocks. they simply smothered the tournament's best shooting team. defense led to offense on the other team. louisville pulled off the upset. number one syracuse survived the bracket. 14 from beyond the arc. but when he needed it most, they came up short. and syracuse escaped 64-63. up next, they won a sea saw battle. they came
for americans. mitt romney, rick santorum. >> a one, two, three punch. vice president biden told auto worker ins ohio, republicans would let their bosses and employees go bankrupt. >> if you give any one of these guys a key to the white house, they will bankrupt the middle class again. >> joe bidden is doing what vice presidential candidates often do what is calling the other side out on issue differences. >> in maryland, president obama focused on energy and promises from his republican vivelle of cheaper gays. >> they start acting like we've got a magic wand. they dismissed wind power. >> this is utter intellectual concepts. and we'll see who the american people want to elect. >> a campaign underway with both sides in the ring. >> and it is fully underway, the president actually has more events today in chicago and atlanta. >> all right, tracy, thank you. well, now, here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. frightening moments in columbus ohio as a police officer rushed to stop a man who had just found four people near a college. police say the attacker turned tow
about a third of his staff. he has hinged his strategy on mitt romney being able to secure delegates resulting in a hung convention. >>> a wildfire in colorado killed an elderly couple and burned more than 20 buildings. 900 homes have been evacuated and more than 700 firefighters are battling the flame. >>> explosions at a fireworks center in thailand senlt people running for cover. residents were told to evacuate. twl is no word yet on the cause. >>> and a puppy small enough to fit on an iphone can set the world record for tiniest dog. the puppy weighed only an ounce when she was born. she was named beyonce because she is a survivor. >>> a new report says prescription drug abuse now leads to more death in the united states than heroin and cocaine combined and a new prescription drug being abused is pain killer called opana. the company that makes it is working on a new formula to make it harder to abuse by injection. you can check out the health page at nbc.com for this and more stories. >>> and now here is an early look at how wall street looks throughout the day. the dow opened af
insider trading. president obama has vowed to sign it. >>> finally, after one of mitt romney's top aides compared his campaign strategy to an etch a sketch the toymaker shares nearly tripled thursday. as a thank you, the company sent etch a sketchs to all of the presidential campaigns. >>> syracuse survives a scare. ohio state advances and the underdog gators prevail. plus, michigan state is the first number one seed to be slammed out of the ncaa tournament. your early morning sports headlines are ahead. >>> weekend forecast is all about the warm weather. that's coming up. you're watching "early today." >>> very good morning to you. just waking up, this is "early today." in sports four college basketball teams have moved on to the so-called elite eight as march madness matches on. here's nbc's fred roggin with another look at all your sports headlines. >>> good morning. grab a pen and check your brackets because the number one seed in the tournament is done. happened in the west, louisville gave michigan state fits. the spartans couldn't get anything going. jang swatted everything that c
a different choice. >> mitt romney, rick santorum and newt gingrich, these guys have a fundamentally different economic philosophy than we do. >> reporter: a one-two-three punch in his first campaign event. vice president biden told autoworkers in ohio republicans would let their bosses and employees go bankrupt. >> if you give any one of these guys the keys to the white house they will bankrupt the middleclass again. >> joe biden is doing what vice presidential candidates do which is call the other side out on issues. >>> president obama focused on energy and promises from his republican rivals of cheaper gas. >> they start acting like we have a magic wand and we will give you cheap gas forever if you just elect us. they dismissed wind power. they dismissed solar power. they make jokes about biofuels. they were against raising fuel standards. i guess they like gas guzzlers. >> reporter: newt gingrich, who promised $2.50 gas, took aim at the president's claim of more drilling since he has been in office. >> this is utter intellectual nonsense. if he want toss represent saudi oil, i will be hap
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